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pes·si·mism

 (pĕs′ə-mĭz′əm)
n.
1. A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view: "We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach" (Margo Jones).
2. The doctrine or belief that this is the worst of all possible worlds and that all things ultimately tend toward evil.
3. The doctrine or belief that the evil in the world outweighs the good.

[French pessimisme (on the model of optimisme, optimism), from Latin pessimus, worst; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

pes′si·mist n.
pes′si·mis′tic adj.
pes′si·mis′ti·cal·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pessimistic - expecting the worst possible outcome
hopeless - without hope because there seems to be no possibility of comfort or success; "in an agony of hopeless grief"; "with a hopeless sigh he sat down"
negative - characterized by or displaying negation or denial or opposition or resistance; having no positive features; "a negative outlook on life"; "a colorless negative personality"; "a negative evaluation"; "a negative reaction to an advertising campaign"
optimistic - expecting the best in this best of all possible worlds; "in an optimistic mood"; "optimistic plans"; "took an optimistic view"
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pessimistic

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

pessimistic

adjective
Marked by little hopefulness:
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Translations
مُتَشَائِممُتَشَائِمٌ
pesimistický
pessimistisk
pessimistinen
pesimističan
borúlátópesszimistapesszimisztikus
svartsÿnn
悲観的な
비관적인
pesimistický
pesimističen
pessimistisk
ที่มองโลกในแง่ร้าย
bi quan

pessimistic

[ˌpesɪˈmɪstɪk] ADJpesimista
he is pessimistic about the futurees pesimista en lo que al futuro se refiere
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pessimistic

[ˌpɛsɪˈmɪstɪk] adj [forecast, view] → pessimiste; [person] → pessimiste
to be pessimistic about sth → être pessimiste sur qch
Not everyone is so pessimistic about the future → Tout le monde n'est pas si pessimiste sur l'avenir.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

pessimistic

adjpessimistisch; I’m rather pessimistic about itda bin ich ziemlich pessimistisch, da sehe ich ziemlich schwarz (inf); I’m pessimistic about our chances of successich bin pessimistisch, was unsere Erfolgschancen angeht, ich sehe schwarz für unsere Erfolgschancen (inf)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

pessimistic

[ˌpɛsɪˈmɪstɪk] adj (attitude, forecast) → pessimistico/a; (person) → pessimista
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

pessimism

(ˈpesimizəm) noun
the state of mind of a person who always expects bad things to happen.
ˈpessimist noun
a person who thinks in this way. He is such a pessimist that he always expects the worst.
ˌpessiˈmistic adjective
ˌpessiˈmistically adverb
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

pessimistic

مُتَشَائِمٌ pesimistický pessimistisk pessimistisch απαισιόδοξος pesimista pessimistinen pessimiste pesimističan pessimistico 悲観的な 비관적인 pessimistisch pessimistisk pesymistyczny pessimista пессимистический pessimistisk ที่มองโลกในแง่ร้าย kötümser bi quan 悲观的
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pessimistic

a. pesimista.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

pessimistic

adj pesimista
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References in classic literature ?
Raoul, with pessimistic foreboding, was convinced that there were only girls next door.
He looks upon life and all its affairs with the jaundiced eye of a pessimistic German philosopher.
With all its gifts and opportunities it was a melancholy life-- melancholy with something not altogether explained by the somewhat pessimistic philosophy exposed in the Journal, nor by the consumptive tendency of Amiel's physical constitution, causing him from a very early date to be much preoccupied with the effort to reconcile himself with the prospect of death, and reinforcing the far from sanguine temperament of one intellectually also a poitrinaire.
He was rather a melancholy young man, with a long face not unlike a pessimistic horse.
Watts, Burne-Jones, and Botticelli); and he wrote not without distinction verses of a pessimistic character.
"We hate each other," retorted the pessimistic Number Twelve.
They had just returned to their boat when Daylight landed his flour, and their report was pessimistic.
I could see the head-lines in the papers; the fellows at the University Club and the Bibelot shaking their heads and saying, "Poor chap!" And I could see Charley Furuseth, as I had said good- bye to him that morning, lounging in a dressing-gown on the be- pillowed window couch and delivering himself of oracular and pessimistic epigrams.
She continued tirelessly, painting with pessimistic strokes the growing black future her husband was meditating for her, while the boy, fearful of some vague, incomprehensible catastrophe, began to weep silently, with a pendulous, trembling underlip.
The older ape, pessimistic by nature, recognized no such thing as humor.
After half an hour of such depressing conversation, they had their minds quite made up that they had been saved at the brink of a precipice; but then Szedvilas went away, and Jonas, who was a sharp little man, reminded them that the delicatessen business was a failure, according to its proprietor, and that this might account for his pessimistic views.
But Johnson's moral and religious earnestness is essentially admirable, the more so because his deliberate view of the world was thoroughly pessimistic. His own long and unhappy experience had convinced him that life is for the most part a painful tribulation, to be endured with as much patience and courage as possible, under the consciousness of the duty of doing our best where God has put us and in the hope (though with Johnson not a confident hope) that we shall find our reward in another world.